California’s Wildfire Season Could Break Records AGAIN

Cartoon by Alex Bowman for Our Daily Planet

The state of California is already warning, that due to the 2-year ongoing drought, this year’s fire season could be worse than last. Overall, more than 6,390 square miles burned in 10,431 wildfires in California in 2020 — it was the largest wildfire season recorded in California’s modern history. Five of the state’s largest wildfires happened last year.  These are NOT the kind of records anyone wants to break.  Most people remember Smokey the Bear — one of the most successful public services ad campaigns ever.  Smokey’s message is as timely and urgent today as it was when it began in 1944. As they say, “Remember that this phrase is so much more than just a slogan: it’s an important way to care for the world around you.”

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